Topic: Geophysics

Earthquake Triggers “Slow Motion” Quakes

Sept. 11, 2017
New Zealand slow slip

Slow slip events are thought to be able to trigger earthquakes. In a study led by UT Austin, scientists have found the first instance of the reverse—an earthquake triggering a series of slow slip events.

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Climate Can Grind Mountains Faster Than They Can Be Rebuilt

Nov. 23, 2015
St Elias

Researchers for the first time have discovered that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them.

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Post-Sandy Survey Shows a Polluted but Generally Intact Barrier System off Long Island

Dec. 11, 2013

As coastal communities continue to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists at this week's annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union offer some encouraging news: The storm did not seriously damage the offshore barrier system that controls erosion on Long Island.

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Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa's Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

Dec. 3, 2013

In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation patterns with heat and energy transfers capable of sustaining biological life.

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Coastal Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected

July 24, 2013

For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. 

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